A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking
by T. Kingfisher
Red Wombat Studio, 2020
Summary: Mona has a particular magical gift for bread and she is perfectly happy to be working at her Aunt Tabitha’s bakery. But then one morning she walks in to find a dead body.
Likes: Kingfisher is witty. I found myself laughing throughout. But also there are deeper issues being addressed. The supporting cast is awesome. Bob the carnivorous sourdough starter is fabulous. I also like Knackering Molly and Spindle.
Dislikes: The Spring Green Man was not a complex villain.
Overall this was an interesting one. Parts of it read more like a middle grade fantasy adventure but there are also darker elements that fill this world out and the character is a mature fourteen. It was a lot of fun and deep.